The news many gamers have been waiting for was announced today when Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA revealed the release date for the PlayStation Vita. The launch date is surprisingly a lot closer than anticipated as its right around the corner.
Tretton took center stage today at the Web 2.0 Summit to talk about the future of the PlayStation division’s handheld strategy. During his speech, Tretton announced the long awaited release date for the PlayStation Vita across the US and Europe.
On the official PlayStation Blog Tretton wrote:
For those looking to get their hands on the ultimate in handheld entertainment, I’m thrilled to let you know that starting on February 22, 2012,PS Vita will be available at major retailers in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.
In addition to announcing the release date for the device, Tretton alluded to what many have speculated as the reason for launching the Vita early next year rather than during the holiday season.
Our first-party studios and army of publishing partners have been extremely hard at work to ensure that PS Vita launches with a vast library of titles that deliver unique gameplay experiences… We have more than 100 games currently in development globally that span many different genres…
As suspected, Sony’s first priority with the Vita is to ensure that the device launches with a plethora of titles in order to avoid the same mistake made Nintendo with the 3DS.
Tretton also talked about the social capabilities of the device with near, party, Facebook, foursquare, Skype and Twitter integration.
Full PlayStation Vita Specs below:
|Model number||PCH-1000 series|
|CPU||ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)|
|External Dimensions||Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest|
|Weight||Approx 279g (3G/Wi-Fi model)|
|Approx 260g (Wi-Fi model)|
|Screen||5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED|
|(Touch screen)||Multi touch screen (capacitive type)|
|Rear touch pad||Multi touch pad (capacitive type)|
|Cameras||Front camera, Rear camera|
|Frame rate : 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA)|
|Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)|
|Sound||Built-in stereo speakers|
|Sensors||Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Threeaxis|
|Location||Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)|
|Wi-Fi location service support|
|Keys / Switches||PS button|
|Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)|
|Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)|
|Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)|
|Right stick, Left stick|
|START button, SELECT button|
|Volume buttons (+/-)|
|Wireless||Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)|
|communications||For U.S., 3G modem (data communication): HSDPA/HSUPA, GSM/GRPS/EDGE|
|IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)|
|Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)|
|Slots/Ports||PlayStation®Vita card slot|
|Memory card slot|
|SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)|
|Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In],|
|Power||Built-In Lithium-ion Battery: DC3.7V 2210mAh|
|AC adaptor: DC 5V|
|Operating||5 degrees C ~ 35 degrees C|
|AV content||–MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)|
|–MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile|
|–JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG|